John T. Gorman Foundation Announces Grants Totaling $1 Million to Help Mainers in All 16 Counties

John T. Gorman Foundation Announces Grants Totaling $1 Million to Help Mainers in All 16 Counties

June 28, 2016


Elizabeth Pope

 Nonprofits Providing Services Related to Mental Health, Cancer and Basic Needs Receive Funding

Portland - The John T. Gorman Foundation is awarding $1 million to 60 Maine nonprofit organizations through its annual Direct Services Grant Program. Through this support, the Foundation will partner with nonprofits who are working to meet the immediate needs of some of Maine’s most vulnerable people.

The Foundation is awarding the funding to a diverse and wide-ranging array of organizations throughout the state. Mental health and cancer have been core issues traditionally addressed by the Direct Services Grant Program. This year, in recognition of the increased pressure placed upon many low-income Maine families, the Foundation also has allocated a portion of the program’s resources to organizations providing essential services such as housing, food, and crisis supports.

“Each year, we’re moved by the stories of resiliency we hear from disadvantaged people around the state,” says Tony Cipollone, President and CEO of the John T. Gorman Foundation. “We are honored to be able to support organizations that serve them, and hope that these grants help improve the lives of many people in Maine.”

John T. Gorman, known as Tom, established his namesake foundation to help disadvantaged Mainers. In recent years, the independent, statewide Foundation has moved to focus strategically on four key areas: improving educational achievement for children, promoting successful transitions to adulthood for vulnerable older youth, helping struggling parents to support their families and enabling low-income seniors to remain in their homes as long as possible. In 2016, the Foundation expects to distribute a total of $7.8 million across all its grant programs and initiatives across the state.

For more information about the John T. Gorman Foundation, visit

The full list of 2016 Direct Services Grant Program recipients: 


Project Description

Grant Amount

American Cancer Society

To provide ongoing funding to support the Patient Navigator Programs at Maine Medical Center and Maine General Medical Center and for the Road to Recovery transportation program.



To address the needs of individuals with mental illness and other life challenges, and to develop peer services.


Androscoggin Home Health Services

To provide bereavement services for hospice patients and their families who are affected by cancer.


Area Interfaith Outreach

To provide food and emergency aid to economically distressed people of Knox County.


Aroostook County Action Program

To support the Energy Crisis Intervention Program, a program that helps individuals and families manage crises such as homelessness or eviction in Aroostook County.


Avesta Housing Development Corporation

To provide support for people transitioning from homelessness to affordable housing in Portland.


Child and Family Opportunities

To provide support for the Early Education Access Fund, which helps parents who need help affording quality childcare.


City of Westbrook

To provide support for newly arrived families as they navigate their initial months of relocation.


Community Clinical Services

To support patients whose out-of-pocket expenses are not covered by insurance.


Community Financial Literacy

To provide support for financial education courses and counseling sessions.


Cultivating Community

To provide support for programs that increase access to healthy food.


Day One

To help homeless youth and other vulnerable young people obtain stable housing.


Dean Snell Cancer Foundation

To provide financial assistance to cancer patients being treated at New England Cancer Specialists in Brunswick.


Down East Hospice Volunteers

To provide cost-free compassionate care for terminally ill cancer patients, their families and their caregivers.


Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems

To provide support for the Patient Assistance Fund to help cancer patients in Aroostook County with travel and lodging, and financial help for medication co-pays.


Freeport Community Services

To support staff and programs that serve the most vulnerable residents of Freeport and Pownal, including low-income seniors and children.


Friends Of Aroostook

To provide funding to grow, maintain, harvest and deliver fresh produce to people in need living in Aroostook, Washington, Piscataquis and Penobscot counties.


Gathering Place

To provide general operating support for the only daytime shelter for the poor and homeless in the Midcoast Region.


Good Shepherd Food-Bank

To provide general operating support for those trying to overcome food insecurity in Maine.


Grahamtastic Connection

To provide laptops, tablets and internet access for children in Maine who are battling cancer.


Greater Portland Charitable Furniture Center

To provide donated furniture to people in the Greater Portland area who lack basic home necessities.


Hand In Hand / Mano En Mano

To provide a drop-in resource center, home-based services, case management, referrals and transportation services for immigrants and farmworkers in Milbridge and surrounding towns.


Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project

To provide general operating support for legal services to Maine's low-income immigrants.


Intercultural Community Center

To help low-income immigrants access housing, education and employment.


Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry

To provide for children, young parents and the elderly living in Washington County, the Passamaquoddy Indian Township and Pleasant Point with basic services such as food, fuel and transportation.


Jewish Community Alliance Of Southern Maine

To support the food and diaper pantry, which serves those in need in the Portland area.


Kennebec Valley Community Action Program

To provide transportation services to individuals and families affected by cancer.


Kennebec Valley Mental Health Center

To provide support to youth in Central Maine who are experiencing homelessness.


Knox County Homeless Coalition

To provide support for mental health programs serving homeless clients in Knox County.


Lake Region Senior Service

To provide support for programs that provide transportation to low-income seniors, disabled citizens and cancer patients.


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

To provide assistance with travel and other expenses for Maine patients undergoing cancer treatment.


Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention Program

To support programs that provide food to low-income families.


Mid-Coast Health Net

To increase the number of patients receiving mental health counseling.


Milestone Foundation

To provide support for the Milestone Homeless Outreach and Mobile Engagement (HOME) Team and Emergency Homeless Shelter.


New Beginnings

To provide program support for the only 24-hour shelter for runaway and homeless teens in Maine.


Oasis Health Network

To provide more free mental health services.


Oxford County Mental Health Services

To provide mental health services and intervention when law enforcement has become involved in a mental health crisis.


Penobscot Community Health Center

To provide mental health services to clients in the Hope House Health and Living Center.


Penquis CAP

To provide transportation assistance for individuals who do not have or cannot afford transportation to cancer treatment or support.


Pine Tree Hospice

To assist clients and families experiencing the challenges that accompany end-of-life and bereavement.


Portland Education Foundation

To support a universal breakfast program at the Fred P. Hall School in Portland.


Preble Street

To provide support for Preble Street's Emergency Food Programs at the Resource Center Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, the Florence House Soup Kitchen, and the Teen Center Soup Kitchen.


Progress Center

To provide support for a community kitchen program serving children, youth and families in Norway.


Rockland District Nursing Association

To provide affordable in-home and community health nursing services to low- to moderate- income seniors.



To support the monthly subsidy given to low-income subscribers of EMHS LiveSAFE, a service which allows seniors to continue to live independently and safely in their own homes.


Rumford Group Home

To serve children who need crisis stabilization services.


Rural Community Action Ministry

To support programs aimed at alleviating hunger and homelessness for the most vulnerable residents in 13 central Maine towns.


Safe Voices

To support direct services such as emergency housing to men and women fleeing domestic violence situations.


Sexual Assault Prevention And Response Services

To provide mental health services to children who have been sexually abused in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties.


Sexual Assault Response Services Of Southern Maine

To provide funding to support sexual assault education and services specific to homeless and at-risk youth.


Shaw House

To provide mental health support services for homeless at-risk youth throughout five counties in Maine.


Southern Maine Agency On Aging

To provide support for the When In Need (WIN) Fund, a discretionary fund designed to support the basic human needs of older and disabled adults in southern Maine.


St. Mary's Health System

To provide general operating support funds to the St. Mary's Nutrition Center, which improves food access to those in need in Lewiston/Auburn.


Tedford Housing

To provide mental health services for clients at the Cumberland Street Emergency Housing Shelter in Brunswick.


The Center for Wisdom's Women

To support a drop-in center for low-income women which provides food, clothing and personal hygiene products.


The Maine Sea Coast Mission

To provide support for the Weald Bethel Food Pantry, which serves low-income residents within a 700-mile radius of Washington County.


The Opportunity Alliance

To provide support for Morrison Place, which provides transitional housing and treatment for homeless individuals diagnosed with co-occurring major mental illness and substance use disorders.


Unitarian Universalist Association

To purchase non-food items for Sanford's Corner Cupboard, such as batteries for smoke detectors, trash bags and personal hygiene products.


Upper Valley Economic Council

To provide support for the Upper Valley Economic Council's Food Pantry, serving food insecure families in Aroostook County.


York County Community Action Corp

To provide mental health services such as assessments, behavior and treatment planning, and whole-family interventions for children in Head Start.





The John T. Gorman Foundation advances and invests in innovative ideas and opportunities that improve the lives of Maine’s most vulnerable people. The independent, statewide Foundation focuses on four key areas: Improving educational achievement for children, promoting successful transitions to adulthood for vulnerable older youth, helping struggling parents to support their families and enabling low-income seniors to remain in their homes as long as possible. The Foundation’s work is guided by data, evaluation, national best practices and lessons from the initiatives in which we invest. We also seek to inform and influence practice and policy on issues affecting disadvantaged children, youth, families and seniors.

[Continue Reading]